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I am constantly updating my items, I have even started selling hair bows in my shop, I have 81 items, and I am getting many views, but no sales,
I've been putting stuff from my shop up on tumblr, pinterest, instagram, facebook, twitter, and still no bites.
Any advice on how to get some buyers?
Posted at 6:21 pm May 8, 2012 EDT
I seem to be having a similar problem myself. I know my stuff sells in person, but I can't seem to move it on line. I just adjusted some of my prices down, I will give it some time, see if cheaper sells. I am also looking into other things I can make. Also wish I had a biz. card to direct people to my site.. I wear most of what I make and get complements in public. I will brain storm on this and see where it goes.
Posted at 10:45 am May 10, 2012 EDT
I am having the same problem! Lot's of views, but zero sales. I try to make something new everyday, but it's not helping. I post my new additions to my facebook fan page, to try to get more views, it helps, but no sales :(
Posted at 9:31 am Jul 19, 2012 EDT
Cards have made a slight improvement for me. Mostly, I got a lot of business after attending events and passing out info to people who like what I had on.
AnnMarie, I would say get a book to display of basic designs you have and approach stores that cater to events that might use your cards. Lots of weddings places will have books on hand to display what a bride or groom might want to add to their event, such as banners and greeting or announcements. Since everyone is different, many designs will help you get noticed better. You might be able to sell a book of your designs out right, and the shop would play middle man for anyone wanting your greetings, announcements, or banners.
Maybe you can find shop that caters to birthdays, anniversaries, etc... and make a deal.
I would say focus on wedding shops first. You might offer a deal on anyone wanting matching sets like RSVP notes, banner, table cards and or menus.
I am still working out the best way to approach larger web sites. Hope this helps out a little. Every thing in life starts with lots of foot work.
Posted at 11:33 am Jul 21, 2012 EDT
Add a story. Even if its fake (not encouraging you to be fake) some one will connect with it. It is always important to list the needed information for any given item, but you should add a back story, however short. If it feels personal, your more likely to buy it.
Posted at 10:10 pm Nov 22, 2012 EST
Hi and thank you for the opportunity to participate.
I am a compulsive helper so please take what you will out of these comments.
Stephanie and Jane have hit the nail on the head albeit if from the side.
The main issue with no sales is no exposure.
Using Janes shop as an example, Jane has a unique item in her bronze runes that are very high on a search engine. Competition from glass artists is extremely high and if someone searched glass there would be literally millions of names to choose from. If a search for bronze runes was initiated the number would be greatly reduced.
We are in Australia and have a different set of issues, mainly postage. However the exposure thing is the same.
Business cards are only a transfer of personalities at the beginning of a transaction or meeting. It is the first impression people see and remember good or bad. We receive 0.001 of 1% business from handing out a card.
The percentages go up if we create a great impression on the person receiving that card. They also go up if we give the card when first meeting and not when parting.
So it is all about the first 3 seconds.
Online is totally different to face to face. It is down to what the customer is looking for in the first place and is a one tenth of a second impression. The length of time extends if the SEO's are set properly, the photos are world class and all tags are picked up by the computer program'.
Most of this (if we have a more common item) is out of our hands without huge amounts of work. So the result is exposure through numbers. Sort of like network marketing, have a key few do the promotions for you.
The conversations and stories at the fairs, markets, festivals, social media IS SPECIFIC TO A COUNTRY!!. Silly statement but true. Some countries are light years ahead in technology for a number of reasons.
The secret? Good question but we find benefits in face to face far outweigh social media for selling.
Exposure through: feelgood "stories however are very strong on social media. Everyone loves a dog, cat, child story but best of all they all love to tell their own or wants to be the centre of someone else's story.
So what has all this waffle got to do with selling the green and beige whatnot?
Simple, research how to get that item out to the world, look at "successful" shops and copy the techniques that got them in front of you with the desire to part with your hard earned cash.
Put 2 budgets in place Time and Money. Do not go over those 2 and check after one week anything that you change in your shop. No result after one week change it back, some result change another item and repeat the process.
Good luck and if you can, let me know how it works through the facebook site listed on our shop.
Peter & Robyn
Posted at 5:21 pm Jul 9, 2013 EDT